BLUE LAGOON ISLAND, The Bahamas – Fourth grade Xavier’s Lower School student, Eden Cox, met Clifton, the baby dolphin she named, for the first time recently at Dolphin Encounters on Blue Lagoon Island. Meeting face-to-face, Eden enjoyed petting, feeding, dancing and learning about Clifton and his marine mammal family at Dolphin Encounters.
“It was really exciting meeting Clifton, he is so cute,” said Eden. “He is very smart and I think that his name suits him. I am happy that I chose it.”
Before her entire school last month, the nine year-old learned that she was the winner of the Dolphin Encounters Baby Naming Contest. Selected from more than 1,000 entries by students throughout the Bahamas, Eden’s winning submission ‘Clifton,’ in honour of the Clifton heritage, was chosen as the name of the youngest member of the Dolphin Encounters dolphin family.
As part of her prize, Eden and her fourth grade class also received a visit to Dolphin Encounters where they participated in an educational Dolphin Adventure Program and enjoyed learning about marine mammals and the environment in which they live. Eden and her class met and interacted with a few of Clifton’s older relatives in a Dolphin Close Encounter program. The students also visited the sea lion family, participated in educational activities and later enjoyed the lagoon beach. The highlight, however, was meeting the dolphins.